SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - Earlier this week, the South Brunswick Board of Education presented a report about the state of the school budget. On March 4th, Superintendent Scott Feder delivered a report on how the schools will be impacted by the loss of state aid. Feder described the current predicament as ‘unprecedented’ as schools are now closed for the remainder of the year. By law, the board must pass a budget by May 11th.
According to previous models, South Brunswick schools were set to lose around $8 to $9 million over the next five years. In his original address, Feder said that the board was looking to make back some lost money through facility rentals, summer programs and community education, all of which will most likely be canceled due to the pandemic.
As of now, the school district faces multiple uncertainties and loss of money due to the pandemic. The board does not know how much money they will need for supplies to combat the Coronavirus, such as sanitizers, PPE, and wipes. The school is still spending money to supply meals for South Brunswick families with children in the school system, and will continue to do so according to Feder.
The schools do have a chance at some financial relief due to stimulus funds from the federal government. According to Governor Murphy, the state will receive $310 million dollars for schools. As of now, the board is not sure if they qualify for the funds, how much they can receive and when.
South Brunswick schools are still facing a loss of state aid due to an increase in the town’s value. The school is still set to lose $1.9 million in the upcoming school year.